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Laureates gather in Stockholm and Oslo for 2017 Nobel prize ceremony

11-12-2017 | 13:35        


The 2017 Nobel Laureates took center stage in Stockholm on December 10, when they received the Nobel Medal and Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

In Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates received their Nobel Peace Prize from the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.

The laureates included three American physicists who were recognized for their contributions to the first observations of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. Another trio of American scientists won this year`s Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of the biology that underpins circadian rhythms.

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of novels including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, collected his medal for the Nobel prize in literature and the American economist Richard Thaler, best known for “nudge” theory, collected the prize in economics.

Several of the winners of this year`s Nobel science laureates – all white men – addressed the lack of diversity among those being recognized.

Jacques Dubochet, an honorary professor of biophysics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland who won the chemistry prize, told reporters this week: “Science has been made by males, for males. It is changing, it takes time, but you will see it, they [women in science] are coming.”

Physicist Kip Thorne, of Caltech, highlighted the increase in the number of women entering undergraduate programs in sciences today compared to when he was a student.

Each prize is worth 9m Swedish kronor (£825,000).